In the 15 years since he cemented his reputation with the Oscar-winning ANNIE HALL, Woody Allen has made films ranging from the sublime to the downright embarassing. He has also shown a regrettable predilection for stylistic perfection over emotional intensity (THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO,
Allen's self-avowed personal favorite, is a prime example). Though generally perceived as a failure, SHADOWS AND FOG was still one of the more interesting releases of 1992.
Allen's 21st feature (not including WHAT'S UP TIGER LILY?) is set in an unnamed Eastern European town and shot in an expressionist style, apparently in homage to the great German films of the 1920s, with Kurt ...